The first steps taken - immobilization of fishing boats,
special registration, parole permits, and detention of certain individuals -
were accepted, on the whole, as obviously necessary in war-time.
More drastic steps emerging from the Ottawa conference in January - the
removal of alien nationals and the banning of short-wave radios and cameras -
were likewise accepted. In spite of the fact that almost a quarter of its
gainfully employed were affected by the removal order, the whole community was
prepared to recognize that government authorities were forced to draw some line
between citizens and non-citizens in guarding against the most probable source
But tremendous pressure - arising in the first place from very sorry
sources indeed - was brought to bear upon the government. In quick order, a
whole series of repressive measures, unlike anything before in the history of
the nation, have been authorized. In effect, the new orders uproot completely
without regard some 23,000 men, women and children; brand every person of
Japanese origin as disloyal and traitorous; and reduce to nothing the concept
and value of Canadian citizenship.